CONGDON ZIPS TO TRIUMPH IN DOWNHILL

By GEORGE SMITH; Times Leader Outdoors Editor Friday, February 19, 1993     Page: 1C QUICK WORDS: CONGDON ZIPS TO TRIUMPH – 6TH ANNUAL KEYSTONE GAMES MOOSIC — The first day of the 6th annual Keystone State Games Winter Sports Festival got under way Thursday morning with a challenging downhill ski race at Montage Ski Area. The Winter Sports Festival is a four-day celebration of amateur figure skating, alpine skiing and snowboard racing competitions. The downhill is the premier, glamour event in alpine ski racing. Greg Congdon, the fastest racer of the day, said he reached speeds of more than 60 mph at the bottom of the mile-long course. Congdon, 24, from Forest City, posted the fastest time of all the 46 entrants, 69.94 seconds, and won the age 20-24 male division of the race. “I loved it,’ Congdon said. “The course had everything. The top half of the course was perfect for gliders, and the bottom half was perfect for skiers who like to turn. There were even three headwalls where you got a little bit of air.” While three more days of ski racing remained after Thursday’s downhill, Congdon won’t be competing. He said he has to return to his job as a ski representative for Alpina ski boots, Hart skis and Reusch gloves. Joanna May, a 17-year-old senior at Bishop O’Hara High School in Scranton, won the female age 15-19 division with a time of 83.86. May was the only female to compete in the downhill. “The course was great,” the ebullient, red-headed May said. “I wasn’t really worried about the difficulty of the course too much because I knew my bindings would release if I fell....